DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — A Walton County man may have lost his life last week if not for the quick action of local landfill employees.

On March 5, a Walton County resident was dropping off garbage at the landfill on Institute Road in DeFuniak Springs when he suddenly collapsed. Two Walton County Solid Waste employees, Tim Castiglione and Richie Price, quickly rushed to the man’s side and began administering CPR. They dialed 911 and stated that the man appeared to be in cardiac arrest.

The two employees continued to administer CPR until Walton County Fire Rescue EMTs and paramedics arrived. Once on scene, Walton County Fire Rescue crews quickly loaded the patient into the ambulance and began performing advanced cardiac life support resuscitation efforts as they rushed him to a local hospital.

“Call it divine intervention or call it a coincidence, but no matter what you believe in, I think we can all agree that these two men were in the right place at the right time,” Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson said.

The gentleman is currently recovering from the incident at a local hospital.

“By their actions, Tim and Ritchie reflect great credit upon themselves and Walton County and they stand as an example to all of us,” said Billy McKee, Walton County Landfill Manager. “This situation reminds us that emergencies can occur when and where we least expect it and those with training can make a lifesaving difference.”

The Walton County Board of County Commissioners have planned a special recognition of the two employees at the County BCC meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 in the DeFuniak Springs Courthouse Boardroom.